Greene County jury awards $34 million malpractice verdict in case against CoxHealth

Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 3:26 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A Greene County jury awarded more than $34 million to the family of an infant born with severe medical problems at CoxHealth Hospital in Springfield.

The case dates back to 2014. Lawyers argued doctors gave Katie Chittenden increased amounts of Pitocin while she was in labor. They say the contractions became too frequent, leading the baby to become deprived of oxygen. The baby suffers from brain damage, quadriplegia, and cerebral palsy.

The case was heard in 2021.

CoxHealth released this statement to KY3 News:

“We are deeply sorry any time an incident like this occurs, but we stand behind our teams and the care we provided in this case. Even though we disagree with the jury’s verdict, we respect the judicial process.”

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